Originally Posted by spirochete
What I don't understand is the " this is my third Renault and they've all been a bl**dy nightmare" type posts......why do you keep buying them if they're that bad?
Okay, I'll bite because I am that person
Four Lagunas in a row:
#1 - '95 2.0 RXE 8v. Never let me down (except with a flat battery if left unused for more than a fortnight, or when a piece of motorway debris hit the water pump.)
#2 - '98 2.0 RXE 8v Trouble. You name it, it leaked.
, power steering fluid. Actually, I don't think it ever leaked fuel. It needed a new gearbox at 101K too
#3 - '02 2.0
16v. I gave them another chance, thinking it couldn't have been worse than the old one. It was. It leaked just about everything at some point, including fuel, power steering fluid, engine
, screenwash fluid, the list goes on. The engine would go into 'limp home' mode on a fairly regular basis. Usually stopping and re-starting cleared it, but I got far too familiar with a lot of local dealers. Oh, this needed a new gearbox too, as well as a new power steering rack and pump. In all fairness to it though, it never actually left me stranded (unless you count the time when I refused to drive it because fuel was spraying all over the engine compartment.)
#4 - '05 1.9dCi. Yes, I'd had enough, and this was supposed to be a Peugeot 407 Exec. But the lease costs were silly and the spec of the Renault was enough to sway me. 13,000 miles so far, with only a couple of niggly faults. Maybe I finally got a good 'un, but only time will tell.
So why? Well you can't beat the comfort and spec for the money, and with it being a repmobile, it doesn't cost me a bean when it breaks down. What's more, dealer service (while far from perfect) beats my experiences with Ford and Vauxhall.
Yes, I could have had a poverty spec 3 series for the same money, but I'd rather have the toys than the badge. Give me the fully loaded Laguna any day.